What fantastic news. This new platform will empower businesses to chose exactly where their renewable energy is purchased from. It means they can prioritise local renewable generating plants. I love the idea of knowing exactly where your energy is coming from and knowing that is being generated by renewable sources from a site down the road. This is truly decentralised energy in action. It is great that this is also available to SMEs too and not just large corporate accounts. The next step is to give the same choice to residential customers and the sooner the better I hope!
Juliet Davenport, chief executive and founder of Good Energy, said: “Good Energy would like to see a decentralised energy system where control is in the hands of the people and businesses who use it. Open Utility has developed a digital platform which offers end users more choice and control. We look forward to developing a proposition which is attractive to business users and renewable generators.” The new partnership follows a six month trial conducted from 1 October 2015 which invited 37 participants to use the system. It included the likes of National Trust and The Eden Project, which found it could save as much as £20,000 each year through reduced Distribution Use of System (DUoS) charges by prioritising locally-generated electricity with Piclo.